Ledger/LCJ update 11-20-2020

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NEWS

Coronavirus update 11-18-2020

LeFlore County had an additional 31 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Poteau had eight new cases, Heavener five, Bokoshe, Cameron, Shady Point and Talihina each had three, and Howe, Pocola and Spiro each had two.

The county has 271 active cases, up one from Wednesday. LeFlore County has had 2,176 cases, 1,880 recoveries and 26 deaths from coronavirus, or complications due to the virus.

Oklahoma had 2,915 cases, 18 deaths and 2,236 recoveries in Thursday’s report. The state has now had 164,340 cases, 1,588 deaths and 132,268 recoveries. Active cases are 30,484, up 661 from Wednesday.

The United States had 170,161 new cases, 1,848 deaths and 57,149 recoveries Thursday. Overall, the nation has had 11,527,483 cases, 250,520 deaths and 4,350,789 recoveries. Active cases are 6,926,174, up 111,164 from Wednesday.

SPORTS

Three county teams in playoffs Friday

After a number of cancelations last week in the first round of the state football playoffs, three LeFlore County teams are scheduled to be in action this week.

Heavener, Panama, Pocola and Talihina declined playoff invitations.

After a bye last week, Poteau (8-2) hosts Skiatook (6-3) in a second-round playoff game Friday. Skiatook won its playoff opener over Fort Gibson, 42-7.

If Poteau wins, the Pirates will stay at Costner Stadium again the next week. The Poteau/Skiatook winner will meet the Ada and Clinton winner next week.

Class 4A bracket

Spiro will make the long trip over the mountain to play Idabel. Spiro is 7-1 and trounced Valliant 46-14 in the opening round. Idabel is 6-2 and had a bye last week after Heavener canceled due to coronavirus issues.

The Spiro/Idabel winner will take on Adair next week.

Class 2A bracket

After pounding Porum 48-0 last week, Arkoma moves into the second round with a game at Quinton. The Mustangs are 6-2 while Quinton, which had a bye last week, is 7-3.

Arkoma won at Quinton, 32-24, in a non-district game Sept. 18. The winner plays the Pioneer Pleasant Vale and Drumright winner.

Class B bracket

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) carries for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

QBs hold keys in OU-OSU game

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

This year's Bedlam matchup could be a tale of two Spencers.

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders hold the keys to a critical game in the Big 12 race. No. 14 Oklahoma State (5-1, 4-1 Big 12) remains in control of its path to the Big 12 title game with a win. No. 18 Oklahoma's (5-2, 4-2) run of consecutive Big 12 championships likely ends at five with a loss.

Rattler, a freshman, leads the Big 12 in passing efficiency. He had some rough moments early in the season during losses to  Kansas State  and Iowa State, but is now in a groove during a four-game win streak.

"He's a much better player now than he was six weeks ago," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "He's getting some games under his belt and getting adjusted a little bit and making plays. Obviously, he's got a strong arm and got some savvy. He can move around, make some plays with his legs. He's come quite a ways in four or five weeks."

Sanders, a sophomore, has proven capable of doing big things. He passed for 400 yards and four touchdowns against Texas, and ran for 71 yards and a touchdown in a win over Iowa State.

"You can cover down perfect, you can have everything right and the guy can extend plays and either beat you with his feet or get into scramble situations, and it's tough when a guy's as athletic as Spencer (Sanders)," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "Even if you assign somebody to him, he's still tough to handle one-on-one because of how gifted an athlete he is."

The quarterbacks lead what appears to be two evenly matched teams. Though the series has often favored Oklahoma, the Sooners know that doesn't matter this year, especially with so much on the line.

"Watching this rivalry, obviously OU has won more of the games than what OSU has, but they're always close games, always competitive games," Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey said. "I'm just going in with this game knowing it's going to be a competitive game, going to be a physical game. Just getting ready for that. It's going to be fun."

OSU DEFENSE

The Cowboys, long known as an offensive juggernaut, are relying more on their defense this season. They rank 15th nationally in scoring defense and 16th in total defense out of 124 programs that have played. Riley said the Cowboys' experience shows.

"They aren't making mistakes, they are on the same page," he said. "When you turn game film after game film, year after year, it's all the same numbers out there. They are a really good defense."

DANGEROUS HUBBARD

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard rushed for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns last season and finished eighth in the Heisman balloting. This year, the going has been tougher with a young offensive line. He has 581 yards and five scores in six games.

Riley said Hubbard still is as good as any running back in the nation.

"It's going to be a challenge because you can stop him five times in a row and with his speed and combination of speed and power, he can pop one and make you forget about those five or six stops pretty quick," he said. "He's a tremendous player."

STEVENSON SIZZLES

In two games since returning from suspension, Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson has rushed for 191 yards and five touchdowns and caught six passes for 73 yards. The Sooners have scored 62 points in both games he has played in.

"Rhamondre is a good back," Humphrey said. "He's a tough back to bring down. It's going to take more than one guy to bring him down."

OKLAHOMA FRONT

Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto is tied for the Big 12 lead with his 5.5 sacks, with all of them coming in the past four games. Defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas has 4.5. Defensive end Ronnie Perkins has 1.5 sacks in just two games since returning from a suspension. In Big 12 play, the Sooners lead the conference with 21 sacks and lead the league in fewest yards rushing allowed per game.

TYLAN WALLACE

Oklahoma State's star receiver leads the Big 12 with 98 yards per game during league play. He's known for acrobatic catches in traffic and the ability to turn short passes into long gains. Wallace has 3,100 yards receiving and 24 touchdown catches in his career.

"We've got a lot of respect for him," Riley said. "Tremendous player. Certainly, we have a lot of respect for the challenge of trying to contain him."

Tulsa quarterback Davis Brin (7) throws a pass while under pressure from Tulane linebacker Nick Anderson (40) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tulsa Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Collins, Brin lead Tulsa to stunning 2 OT win

By JOHN TRANCHINA Associated Press

TULSA (AP) — Falling behind early is becoming a regular occurrence for Tulsa. So are late-game heroics.

Zaven Collins returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give No. 25 Tulsa a 30-24 comeback victory over Tulane on Thursday night.

Tulsa (5-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) forced overtime when third-string quarterback Brin Davis connected with JuanCarlos Santana for a Hail Mary 37-yard touchdown pass.

"Words can't really explain that one," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. "I'm just so proud of our young men. That is just a special group of guys down there. I don't know that we played our best ball tonight, but we found a way to win. They are going to fight for 60 minutes, every second of it, and it took every second of it tonight."

Playing its first game as a ranked team since 2008, Tulsa outgained Tulane 522 yards to 302, but turned the ball over three times. The Golden Hurricane trailed 14-0 entering the fourth quarter — the fourth game this season they have overcome a 14-point-or-more deficit to win.

Brin entered with 2:09 left in the third quarter after backup Seth Boomer was carted off the field because of a left leg injury. Starter Zach Smith left with a torso injury late in the first quarter.

"It's been an unbelievable night," said Brin, a redshirt sophomore who saw his first meaningful college action. "I've just prepared for the past three years and waiting on my opportunity to take advantage of it. I got that call and I knew that's what I had to do and felt really confident about it."

Brin completed 18 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. His 18-yard TD run with 9:17 remaining got Tulsa's comeback started.

"Obviously, you don't prepare for the third-team guy coming in," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. "We didn't know much about him. I thought the young man came in and did a nice job."

Corey Taylor II, carrying the ball for the first time in four games, gained 132 yards on 19 carries for the Golden Hurricane. Santana added eight receptions for 138 yards and the game-tying score.

Montgomery said that Collins, who also sealed Tulsa's come-from-behind 28-24 win last week over then-No. 19 SMU, should be considered for the Heisman Trophy.

"Unbelievable kid, unbelievable teammate, great leader," Montgomery said. "Why is that guy not in the running for the Heisman? Tell me someone that has affected more games than that guy. I mean, if we want to talk about the best football players in college football, in my opinion, he's there."

Tulane (5-5, 2-5) was coming off a 38-12 victory over then-No. 25 Navy last week, its first win over a ranked opponent in 36 years, and nearly did it again just five days later.

Stephen Huderson ran for 106 yards on 25 carries for the Green Wave, including the contest's first TD on a 5-yard run with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter. Larry Brooks had an interception and recovered a fumble for the Green Wave.

Fritz was frustrated by surrendering the Hail Mary touchdown pass.

"We work on that situation -- Hail Mary pass -- the day before the games," Fritz said. "Obviously, we didn't execute it very well. Poor coaching, poor execution. We just didn't play very good down the stretch. We needed to make a play."

TAKEAWAY

Tulane: The Green Wave entered the game having scored at least 30 points in seven straight games, the first time they'd done that since 1998, but were shut out in the first half and scored a season-low 24 points. Marek Glover missed field goal attempts from 28 (in the first quarter) and 54 yards (in the second), but did connect on one from 39 yards out in the first overtime. Tulane entered the day averaging 404.3 yards per game and gained 277 in regulation and 302 overall.

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane's offense once again sputtered in the first quarter, although at least this time, they didn't fall behind in the game, entering the second quarter tied 0-0. Tulsa gained just 58 yards of offense in the opening period, continuing its season-long trend of starting slow. The Golden Hurricane have scored just 12 points all season in the first quarter and average just 72 yards in their first quarters, while gaining an average of 119.4 per quarter in the other three.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With the dramatic victory, Tulsa, which hadn't been ranked since it was No. 24 in the final 2010 season poll, should remain in the poll for at least another week and possibly move up a couple of spots.

INFIRMARY WARD

Before coming out, Smith, who threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in Tulsa's big triumph over SMU on Saturday, completed 2 of 6 passes for 17 yards. Boomer completed 7 of 13 passes for 60 yards, along with an interception. Keylon Stokes, who caught three passes for 18 yards, also exited the game with an undisclosed injury early in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Tulane: Conclude their regular season on Nov. 28 at home against Memphis.

Tulsa: At Houston on Nov. 28.

Area fishing report 11-18-2020

The area fishing report for Wednesday.

Blue River: November 16. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07332390. Rainbow trout excellent on in-line spinnerbaits, spoons and garlic scented and peach colored PowerBait along the river channel and rocks. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait and punch bait along the river channel. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on grubs, jerk bait and jigs along the river channel, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. 

Broken Bow: November 13. Elevation below normal, water 66. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BROK.lakepage.html. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spoons around brush structure, points and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Eufaula: November 13. Elevation normal, water 58 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/EUFA.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, plastic baits and worms around brush structure, coves, shorelines and standing timber. White bass good on jigs and small lures below the dam and along the dam. Crappie fair on crickets, jigs and minnows in coves and around docks. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Lower Mountain Fork: November 13. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07339000. Rainbow trout good on midges, PowerBait, small lures tube jigs and worms along creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

McGee Creek: November 13. Elevation below normal, water 61. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/MCGE.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, points and rocks. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, dough bait and stinkbait along creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County. 

Pine Creek: November 13. Elevation dropping, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PINE.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits and spoons along creek channels and points. Crappie fair on minnows around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Robert S. Kerr: November 13. Elevation normal, water murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/KERO2.current.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, minnows and plastic baits around brush structure, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hotdogs, minnows, shad, shrimp, sunfish and worms below the dam, along channels, main lake, river channel and tailwater. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and small lures along channels, creek channels, river channel and tailwater. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County. 

Sardis: November 11. Elevation below normal, water 65. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/SARD.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, lipless baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, minnows, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County. 

Tenkiller: November 16. Elevation above normal, water 60 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TENK.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, small lures and spinnerbaits around brush structure, docks, points, shorelines and standing timber. White bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and small lures along channels, creek channels, main lake and points. Bluegill, green and redear sunfish good on jigs, minnows, small lures and tube jigs around brush structure, docks, rocks and shorelines.

Wister: November 13. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WIST.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits in coves, around points and shorelines. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad, stinkbait and sunfish below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake and points. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

OTHER STORIES

Oklahomans who enjoy hiking in the fall need to be cautious as deer hunting season with rifles opens Nov. 21. (Photo by Todd Johnson, Agricultural Communications Services)

Hikers: Be careful during deer hunting season

By TRISHA GEDON

STILLWATER - For many nature-lovers, hiking through the woods on a crisp fall day is a great opportunity for exercise and fresh air. However, this time of year also is a favorite of deer hunters. With rifle season opening Nov. 21, both hikers and hunters must use caution.

Emily Long, Payne County game warden, said hunting activity is at its peak during the weekends. She urges bright colors and careful scheduling.

“If you want to get out in the woods to hike, it’s a good idea to wear a blaze orange beanie or even a safety vest to help make your presence known,” Long said. “Hunting takes place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening, so hikers are less likely to encounter hunters if they’re out for a hike during mid-day.”

Long also said hikers need to be aware they cannot hike on private property without landowner permission, and wildlife management areas across the state are closed to non-hunters.

Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Extension wildlife specialist, professor and Bollenbach Chair in OSU’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, said it is a good idea for hikers to stay in open areas as much as possible.

“If you’re out walking around in areas where hunters are looking for deer, it’s important for you to be seen clearly by the hunters,” he said.

In addition to hikers practicing safety, hunters also have safety guidelines they should follow. Avid hunters are eager to get out in the wild, and they often are bringing along a second- or third-generation hunter. To help ensure safety, youngsters are encouraged to complete the Hunter Education program offered through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation.

Those who hunt from an elevated stand should wear safety harnesses. Elmore said about 75% of hunting accidents occur when climbing in and out of those stands.

“Always wear a fall-restraint harness when hunting from an elevated stand,” he said. “Many accidents occur before hunting season when people are simply checking on their stands or putting out deer attractant, and are not prepared with a restraint.”

It is not just deer hunters in tree stands who should take safety precautions. Elmore said waterfowl hunters always should wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water.

Sometimes hunters ignore this precaution because they are already wearing bulky clothing. However, this is all the more reason to wear a PFD.

“Bulky clothing and icy cold water aren’t a good mix. Even an experienced swimmer doesn’t have the odds in their favor of making it to safety if they become submerged,” he said. “Waders can quickly fill with water pulling the person under.”

He suggested cinching the top of waders tightly to minimize water intake or wear tighter fitting neoprene waders.

Hunters need to look well beyond their targets also. Before shooting, hunters should be sure the animal is in full view with a clear backstop. Bird hunters are particularly at risk of badly aimed firearms, as they tend to hunt in groups in dense cover for fast moving birds going in random directions.

“Make sure you know where your entire hunting party is at all times, avoid shooting at low birds, and wear an orange hat as that may be the only part of you above tall cover,” Elmore said.

An additional safety precaution is to always tell someone where you are hunting and what time to expect you home. If something happens, that person will know where to send assistance.

For those fortunate enough to bag a deer or waterfowl, exercise caution when cleaning and processing game. Elmore suggests wearing disposable gloves and eye protection to help prevent infection from zoonotic diseases. When processing, use a sharp knife and never cut toward your body. Also, be sure to check for ticks after handling dead game.

A few safety precautions can go a long way in ensuring a safe and successful hunting season.

Long said anyone with questions regarding hunting laws and regulations should contact their local game warden via the game warden directory at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation.

More hunting and safety tips are highlighted on OSU Extension’s SUNUP television program.

Record-high temperatures possible Friday

Temperatures are expected to reach record highs for the date on Friday in LeFlore County.

There will be clear skies along with a high of 74 degrees and low of 57 degrees. The record high for Nov. 20 was 74 in 1977.

Sunrise is at 6:58 a.m. with sunset at 5:10 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 74 with a low of 53.

Average temperatures for the date are a high of 61 and low of 34. Records for the date were the high of 74 in 1977 and a low of 17 in 1980.

LeFlore County calendar of events

The LeFlore County calendar of events lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.

Friday

Funeral service for Kathy Free

High school football playoffs: Skiatook at Poteau; Spiro at Idabel; Arkoma at Quinton.

Saturday

Funeral service for Debbie Reeves

Funeral service for Eugene Butler

Funeral services for Nancy Duncan

Monday

LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school basketball: Cameron at Hackett Festival

Tuesday

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

Wednesday

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving pick up only at Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Coach Woody Hayes of Ohio State being carried by his players after Ohio State eked out a 9-7 victory over Michigan in the last minute of the game with a field goal in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Nov. 20, 1965. (AP Photo/Paul Shane)

Today in history for Nov. 20

By The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Nov. 20, the 325th day of 2020. There are 41 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 20, 2000, lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush battled before the Florida Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount should be allowed to continue.

On this date:

In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; he was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.

In 1945, 22 former Nazi officials went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. (Almost a year later, the International Military Tribune sentenced 12 of the defendants to death; seven received prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life; three were acquitted.)

In 1947, Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy held a news conference in which he announced the end of the naval quarantine of Cuba imposed during the missile crisis, and the signing of an executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal housing facilities.

In 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million.

In 1969, the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout. A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

In 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain's Generalissimo Francisco Franco died, two weeks before his 83rd birthday.

In 1984, pop star Michael Jackson was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the unveiling of his star in front of a horde of screaming fans.

In 1985, the first version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, was officially released.

In 2003, Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Jackson was later acquitted at trial.) Record producer Phil Spector was charged with murder in the shooting death of an actor, Lana Clarkson, at his home in Alhambra (al-HAM'-bruh), California. (Spector's first trial ended with a hung jury in 2007; he was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.)

In 2009, holding back tears, Oprah Winfrey told her studio audience that she would end her talk show in 2011 after a quarter-century on the air.

In 2012, former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho was shot while sitting in a car in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. (Camacho died four days later after doctors removed him from life support.)

Ten years ago: In comments released by the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV, saying male prostitutes who used condoms might be beginning to assume moral responsibility. Notre Dame returned to the Bronx for the first time in 41 years and sent the subway alumni home happy as the Irish beat Army 27-3 in the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium. Former Milwaukee police officer and onetime Playboy Club bunny Laurie "Bambi" Bembenek, who escaped from prison after she was convicted of murder, died at a hospice in Portland, Oregon, at age 52.

Five years ago: Islamic extremists shot up a luxury hotel in Mali's capital frequented by diplomats and businessman, killing 20 people in an attack blamed on Islamic extremists. A week after the deadliest attacks on France in decades, shell-shocked Parisians honored the 130 victims with candles and songs. Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was released from prison after 30 years behind bars for spying for Israel. Actor Keith Michell, remembered for his portrayals of England's King Henry VIII, died in London at age 88.

One year ago: Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told House impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats; he said it was his understanding that the president was holding up nearly $400 million in military aid. Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was charged with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books to groups that did business with the government. (Pugh pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.) Singer-rapper Lizzo scored eight Grammy nominations; other new artists, including Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, also dominated the list of nominees. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history by becoming Japan's longest-serving political leader; he marked his 2,887th day in office.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Estelle Parsons is 93. Comedian Dick Smothers is 82. President-elect Joe Biden is 78. Singer Norman Greenbaum is 78. Actor Veronica Hamel is 77. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 74. Actor Samuel E. Wright is 74. Singer Joe Walsh is 73. Actor Richard Masur is 72. Opera singer Barbara Hendricks is 72. Former national security adviser John Bolton is 72. Actor Bo Derek is 64. Former NFL player Mark Gastineau is 64. Reggae musician Jimmy Brown (UB40) is 63. Actor Sean Young is 61. Pianist Jim Brickman is 59. Actor Ming-Na is 57. Actor Ned Vaughn is 56. Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 55. Rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) is 55. Actor Callie Thorne is 51. Actor Sabrina Lloyd is 50. Actor Joel McHale is 49. Actor Marisa Ryan is 46. Country singer Dierks (duhkrs) Bentley is 45. Actor Joshua Gomez is 45. Actor Laura Harris is 44. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes is 44. Country singer Josh Turner is 43. Actor Nadine Velazquez (veh-LAHZ'-kehz) is 42. Actor Jacob Pitts is 41. Actor Andrea Riseborough is 39. Actor Jeremy Jordan is 36. Actor Dan Byrd is 35. Actor Ashley Fink is 34. Rock musician Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) is 34. Actor Jaina Lee Ortiz is 34. Actor Cody Linley is 31. Pop musician Michael Clifford (5 Seconds to Summer) is 25.

OBITUARIES

Services set for Debbie Reeves

CABOT, Ark. – Funeral services for Debbie Reeves, 63, of Cabot, Arkansas, are 2 p.m. Saturday in Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church in Reichert with Pastor Terry L. Fortner officiating.

Burial will follow at the Reichert Cemetery, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

She passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 at her home and was born March 24, 1957 in Independence, Missouri to J.R. & Evelyn (Hemphill) Brown. 

Survivors include her parents; daughter Cerese (Anderson) and husband Chris McGee of Shady Point; sons Wayne and Stephani Anderson of Beebe, Arkansas, Joe Anderson of Huntsville, Alabama, and Lafe and LeAnne Anderson of Vilonia, Arkansas; grandchildren; and great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by brothers Calvin and Monty; and grandparents.

Pallbearers are Wayne, Joe, Lafe and Cade Anderson, Chris McGee and Cole McGee. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.